Miners suspend operations in Chile as heavy rains flood roads

March 26, 2015 12:47 AM

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Torrential downpours in the north of Chile, the world's biggest copper producer, have forced companies to suspend operations at several of the area's major mines, putting an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of capacity of the red metal on hold.

The country, which produces a third of the world's copper, is likely experiencing the largest impact on output since an April 2014 earthquake.

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